Sunday, March 10, 2013

A Wikipedia for Robots, Dubbed "Rapyuta," Goes Live (Or "Castle in the Sky, Robots on the Cloud")

Rapyuta, "The RoboEarth Cloud Engine," has gone live. I don't really know what that means. The website for the RoboEarth project describes it as a "World Wide Web for robots," a networked database of information understood by and accessible to robots. Having this information on the cloud would theoretically make robots cheaper to build, as it would offload a lot of the computing to the web, instead of each robot having to be built able to process everything through its own power. I still don't really know what that means, but the open-source Rapyuta basically looks like Wikipedia, which hopefully means I'll be able to upload 8-bit pictures of Marion Butts to it. But, really, the only reason this story caught my interest is because, as the RoboEarth website acknowledges, "the name Rapyuta is inspired from the movie Tenku no Shiro Rapyuta (English title: Castle in the Sky) by Hayao Miyazaki, where Rapyuta is the castle in the sky inhabited by robots."

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